Pull out the streamers! Toss the confetti! There’s a party going on. Shantel’s on the single train! Finally free.
I’ve embraced this journey. Not knowing half of what I’d be getting into, I boldly proclaimed Yes.
Yes to letting go. Yes to allowing my heart to heal. Yes to a life of surrendering. And yes to being vulnerable. Because being truthfully honest, 2017 has been a year of surrender.
I’ve had to put aside my pride and realize that God’s guidance is needed to get through this journey. Although I have had many foolish habits, I’ve learned that God still provides. Although at times I didn’t manage my time wisely I’ve learned that God still gives grace. While scraping my knees several times I have discovered a new beauty. A beauty in crying out for help.
O Lord, I cry out to you. I will keep on pleading day by day. Psalm 88:13
There is such a beauty in crying out to God. As our loving Father, He is truly compassionate and able to bring healing. When we embrace our child-like nature, we experience God’s fathering nature.
They will be my people and I will be their God. Jeremiah 32:3
God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him. John 3:17
Imagine having one child. Pouring into that child, instilling wisdom in him, and nurturing him. Imagine a crisis taking place. A crisis so terrible that you had to choose to send your child away to another place to restore order. Would you give up your only child?
For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
I began to shift my perspective when I discovered the strategy of the Father. He gave His only Son. There were not multiple children to choose from. Jesus was the only one. Christmas is all about sacrifice.
The Gift of Christmas
Christ gave up His home in heaven to become man and go through the process that led to our redemption. Christmas is more than the presents we place under the tree. It’s about giving yourself to bring healing to others. Laying down your life similar to how we lay presents down before Christmas trees. Give your all to God this Christmas. After all, he gave His all for you. It’s a holiday of celebrating the Father’s giving nature. So in return we give of ourselves.
Ways to Give
- Serve at a homeless shelter.
- Donate gifts to children/families in need.
- Be kind to others.
- Encourage someone.
- Volunteer at a community event.
- Donate items to the Salvation Army.
- Donate to organizations that are serving in your community or internationally.
Oh, what a fun-filled experience we’ve had on Tuesday’s prayer call. Here is a list of what we expounded on:
- Our true identity Romans 8:14, 1 Peter 2:9
- Nothing can separate us from God’s love Romans 8:38
- We are victorious! Romans 8:37
- Even in enduring hardships, we are not forsaken. 2 Corinthians 4:8,9
- The power of Surrender 2 Chronicles 7:14
- The importance of relationship with God James 4:8
- The gift of sacrifice John 3:16, Romans 8:32
- The magnitude of His love Romans 8:38-39
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I started out walking to the bus stop. Persistent, driven, and focused on getting to work. But all of the sudden, my busy morning commute turned into a peaceful stroll with the Savior.
I felt God in the wind. Heard His voice in the trees. Felt His warmth in the sky’s sun rays. Oh what bliss. Time stood still as we strolled. Moments like this were not always so evident.
I’ve always been on the go. If you ask my parents they’ll tell you how much of a busybody I was. Whether to work, school, family functions, or church it didn’t matter. I was ready to go. Always running late but always on the go.
One day, I was spending time with family downtown. We were exploring the scenery and checking out the quaint shops. But when it was time to go I quickly turned into the energizer bunny. I power-walked pass the crowds in pursuit of my destination. Then I heard voices calling from a distance. “Shantel.” When I turned around, my family was still far behind me. I had walked ahead of them as soon as we left the store. As I stood there, I thought to myself, Man, this is not good.
“Why are you rushing?”
I suffered from panic attacks and social anxiety. I thought, while in crowded, public spaces that the whole world was staring at me. It was difficult for me to enjoy outings with my family. I wanted to be free but fear paralyzed me.
Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalm 91:1 NLT
I recall contemplating calling out of work one day because I was afraid that people would stare as I crossed the streets. Now, here I was strolling down the street, taking in the scenery, listening to the birds chirp on my way to work.
Healing is ready and available to you. I know how it feels to be in that “dark tunnel” of fear. You feel stranded, distant, and alone. But you are not alone. The God of peace will rescue you. Just reach out. Don’t carry that burden by yourself. #Release. You have help in the refuge of God’s arms and those he sends to encourage you. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help. You are not a mistake. Your life is far from over. Surrender.
I am free from that anxiety that once surrounded me.
We thank you for revealing that you are able. That You have the power to heal and deliver. We take comfort in knowing that if we stretch out our hand to You, You will save us with your Mighty arm. You are compassionate God. As stated in Zephaniah 3:17, You will rejoice over us with joy, quiet us with Your love, and rejoice over us with singing. Your grace is enough. Send others in our paths to pray for us and guide us in encouraging others. Fear is already defeated and we believe that we are victorious through the blood of Jesus Christ as stated in Hebrews 9:12. Thank you for saving us. Amen